I spent the Summer of 1970 in Little Rock working as an intern at the Personnel Division of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. This division was a lousy place to hang out, but I learned about organizational dysfunction and how jaded employees can torpedo a weak manager. Also, I learned and wrote quite a bit about public employee unions, a topic of absolutely no interest to state policy makers. Whatever the deficiencies of the internship, completing it was one of the requirements of the University of Arkansas Master of Public Administration (MPA) program and the pay was not bad.
One of the causes promoted by the march was the collection of signatures for a vote on a state constitutional amendment authorizing recall of Senators and Congressmen in Arkansas. The measure was aimed at Sen. J.W. Fulbright, and the signature drive was headed by Jim Johnson, who had challenged Fulbright in the 1968 Democratic primary, but had lost. A few days after the march, Johnson announced that he had not collected enough signatures to get his measure on the state ballot.
|Rev. Carl McIntire (with Bible) leads the pro-war march|
|Speeches at the rally were made from the steps of the Arkansas Capitol|
|Crowd listening to speeches|
|Jim Johnson at the pro-war rally|
|Banner says, "Back Our Boys, Fulbright Won't"|
|Liberty Bell woman in a dress like a flag|
|Col. Norman Warnock, a leading segregationist in Arkansas|
|What's a pro-war rally without a Confederate battle flag?|
|"IN THIS SIGN CONQUER, VICTORY"|
|"Crush Satan's Tools"|
|"American Sold Out by Brother Bill"|